Denmark: YTF convoy visits transport fair in Herning

[The article was originally published in Norwegian by YTF. All photos by Christian Lind.]

After yesterday’s departure from Oslo the YTF lorry took the Stena Line to Fredrikshavn, and arrived on Saturday morning in Jutland and Herning. Out of the cab jumped Jan Arne Laberget, head of YTF Logistics, and federal leader Jim Klungnes. They were here to meet colleagues in Denmark’s 3F, which was solidly represented with its own stand at Scandinavia’s largest transport fair “Transport 2019”.

The Danes welcomed YTF warmly. Here was Jan Villadsen, who is chairman of the Nordic Transport Workers’ Federation (NTF), a member of the management committee of the global transport workers’ association ITF and their European counterpart ETF. Flemming Overgaard, who is the deputy chairman of the road section both in the ITF and ETF, showed us around and told us about 3F’s work for recruitment to the industry, a topic that YTF also follows closely.

3F has worked extensively on illuminating social dumping among foreign drivers in Denmark, including a recent mini-documentary about Filipino and Sri Lankan drivers.

Jan Arne Laberget met his Danish peer, Erik “Emil” Hansen, who heads the Godschaufførernes Landsklub. At the fair “Emil” was named Driver of the Year, a new prize at the Herning fair instituted by 3F. The Danish trade union activists greatly appreciated the highly visible truck with the YTF logo and the slogans “Fair Transport” and “Respect drivers”.

Thus, another stage had been completed on the way to Brussels. The reason for the trip is the ETF’s Action Week for Fair Transport, in which trade unions from across Europe participate, and which will culminate in a gigantic demonstration in the Belgian capital on Wednesday March 27, where the YTF truck will be a powerful element.

It is nice to be in Denmark and know that we can work together across the borders. It is the ETF that is the real European Union in every sense of the word. Union as a trade union, but also as any group of people standing together. And in the ETF we stand together for proper salaries and working conditions for drivers,” YTF leader Jim Klungnes underlined.